By Daniel Reynolds
Originally published on Advocate.com June 13 2014 2:39 PM ET
Kathy Griffin has been announced as the host of the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards.
The red-haired comedian will bring her trademark sparkle and sass to the Beverly Hilton Hotel June 22, when, for the first time in history, the awards ceremony will broadcast globally through online streaming.
“I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year,” said Griffin, who has won two Emmy Awards in her entertainment career to date. “Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show.”
“I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon,” she added. “My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”
Malachy G. Wienges, the chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which presents the awards show alongside the Television Academy, said he was thrilled that Griffin had joined as host.
“We are very excited to have Kathy leading our ceremony this year,” Wienges said. “She is a beloved figure in the community and we know that she will have audiences laughing the night away as we honor the brightest stars in our industry on a global stage.”
Here Media, the parent company of The Advocate, will serve as executive producer of the event’s red carpet as well as social media strategy, which involves the creation of shareable content via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Vine throughout the evening’s broadcast.
Here TV was also nominated for its production A World of Dreams, Voices From the OUT100, now available on YouTube. For a full list of nominees, visit EmmyOnline.org.
And tune in June 22 at 5 p.m. Eastern for the live worldwide broadcast of the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards, available on DaytimeEmmys.net.